Attorney General Douglas Chin announced Friday that Honolulu police officer Siave Seti, 29, has been charged with third-degree assault.
It’s a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year jail and/or a $2,000 fine.
The victim, a Palolo Valley man, claims that Seti assaulted him on Feb. 24, 2015. His attorney, Myles Breiner, says the incident was unprovoked.
“He fully intends to testify in trial against Officer Seti,” Breiner told KHON2.
Residents who live at the area of the alleged incident told KHON Officer Seti was responding to a call of a disturbance involving the victim.
“(The victim) is a known troublemaker,” said a resident, who asked not to be identified.
Seti appeared in court Friday for arraignment and plea before Judge Lono Lee. He pleaded not guilty and demanded a jury trial.
Seti will be rearraigned in Circuit Court on Aug. 13 pursuant to jury demand.
A complaint is merely an allegation and Seti is presumed innocent until found guilty of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt by a judge or jury.
The department says Seti’s police powers were restricted shortly after the incident and he remains on desk duty.
He has been with the department for two years and is assigned to the Central Receiving Division.